PREVIEW: Chris Tye @ Symphony Hall Café Bar (Folk for Free), Thurs 19th Dec

Chris Tye

Birmingham Review has been Sliding Doors with Chris Tye for months, but Thursday 19th December sees the Birmingham singer/songwriter perform in the Symphony Hall Café Bar as part of the venue’s Folk for Free programme.

Last missed (by us) supporting Louise Petit at the Ort Café in August, Chris Tye has been a solid figure in Birmingham’s music scene for several years. His self titled ‘gorgeous indie-folk with a city-dwelling, carefree romanticism’ has earned him positive word of mouth and sets on various stages across the city.

A familiar face at The Glee Club, Tye’s acoustic laden Folk (or ‘gorgeous indie-folk’ even) has supported the likes of Stephen, Fionn Regan and Ben Howard; the latter at the aforementioned city centre venue. Markus Sargaent, The Glee Club’s long standing music promoter, even supported this ‘highly engaging artist’ with a rousing quote as endorsement; not often you see the word ‘lachrymose’ in the public domain.

Chris Tye’s debut album, Somewhere Down the Line, was released in 2006 on Headwrecker Records – the London based independent. His follow up EP, Matchbox Stand, was self released five years later from Tim Bidwell’s Brighton based studio; with a digital download EP, No Hands Please, following in 2012.

N.B. To access a free download of ‘Forever for the Better’, from Matchbox Stand, click here

Chris Tye will be playing at the Symphony Hall Café Bar on Thursday 19th December, as part of the venue’s Folk for Free programme; event starts at 5:30pm, entry is free, expect Folk.

Althea Patterson will be there for a Birmingham Review – with pics by Lucy Heath.


For more on Chris Tye, visit

For more on the Folk for Free events, held in partnership with the Moseley Folk Festival, visit